The European payments landscape is undergoing a seismic shift. The revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), enacted by the European Union in 2015, is steadily being implemented to create a more integrated, efficient and secure financial system across the continent.
Strong customer authentication (SCA) is one regulation component that is shaking up Europe’s $600 billion online commerce industry. The security protocol requires that online payments undergo two of three forms of authentication through biometric, password- or device-based methods. The rule was slated to go into effect in mid-September, but regulators in most European Economic Area (EEA) countries have delayed enforcement following pushback from the industry.
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